The Origins of the 12 Zodiacs
Opinions about zodiacs and their authenticity are extremely divided. While some people completely disregard their legitimacy, others don’t take a step out of their homes without knowing what their horoscope for the day holds for them.
Regardless of the difference in opinion everyone is aware of what zodiacs really are and don’t mind giving an occasional read to their horoscope.
While Zodiacs are such a major part of so many lives across the globe, not a lot of people know about their astounding and rich origins, which is unfortunate because it’s definitely knowledge worth knowing.
Let’s delve into the depths of the inception of the 12 zodiacs.
The first of the 12 astrological zodiac signs is called Aries and it is located in the northern hemisphere. Its element is fire and ruling planet is Mars. Aries starts on March 20 till April 21.
The ram represents the Aries and is the basis of its origin. According to Greek Mythology Aries is linked to the golden ram that saved Phrixus and Helle who were the children of Athamas who was the Boeotion King. The ram was sacrificed to Zeus.
When it comes to jewellery, diamond is known to bring benefits to Aries. Other stones such as bloodstone, sapphire and topaz are also known to be beneficial for people whose star is Aries.
Dating from April 19 to May 20 Taurus is the second astrological sign and belongs to the Earth element.
According to Greek Mythology Taurus originated from the commemoration of the god Zeus transforming himself into a white bull in order to win the Phoenician princess Europa’s heart. This is why the symbol of Taurus is the Bull.
Wearing jewellery can have a positive impact on Taurus people. The lava stone bracelet is known to bring stability and favorableness to their emotional, mental and physical states.
The air element sign starts on May 20th and end on June 20th. It is the third astrological sign with ‘Twin’ as its symbol.
In Greek Mythology Gemini represents twins Castor and Pollux as they were identical and inseparable. Castor was the son of King Tyndarus and mortal whereas Pollux was Zeus’s son and immortal.
When Castor died in battle Pollux convinced Zeus to bring him back. Zeus agreed and they were both immortalized.
Since Gemini’s are known to have extremely bright, vibrant and radiant personalities they are more inclined towards that are more modernistic, unique and delicate. Intricate Zodiac jewellery such as the Gemini necklace is perfect for them.
The fourth astrological sign belongs to the water element. It starts on June 20th & ends on July 22nd.
The symbol crab represents the giant crab that attacked Hercules. It was sent out of jealousy by goddess Hera when Hercules was conducting the second of the twelve labors he was required to do as penance for killing his family.
Cancer birthstones are Moonstone, Ruby, Emerald and Pearl hence jewellery consisting of these stones suits them the best.
Starting on July 22nd and ending August 22nd, Leo is a fire element.
The symbol of Leo is a lion and according to Greek Mythology it is also part of the 12 labors conducted by Hercules. The Nemean lion was killed by Hercules in the first of his 12 labours.
Wearing jewellery and in particular gemstones such as Peridot brings out their magnetic and charming personality.
The sixth astrological sign is between August 23 and September 22. It is an Earth Element.
The symbol of Virgo is maiden and it personifies Persephone who was the daughter of Demeter and was known as the harvest goddess. Virgo is also considered to be the goddess of innocence and purity, Astraea.
Virgos are best suited to classic and subtle pieces with a modern flair. The old English necklace fits their personality perfectly.
Between September 22 to October 22, Libra is an Air Element and its symbol is the scale.
According to Greek Mythology Libra represents the Greek Goddess of Justice, Themis. Her daughter called Astraea went to heaven and became the constellation Libra, hence the symbol.
The birthstone of Libra is the Opal and it is known to bring them luck when they wear it.
The eight astrological sign belongs to the water element. It starts from October 22nd and lasts up to November 21st.
In Greek mythology, Scorpio represents the scorpion, which killed Orion. Artemis and Leto sent the scorpion because Orion claimed that he would kill every animal on Earth.
Aquamarine is the most beneficial stone for Scorpios to wear as it aids in bringing light to their calm personalities.
Belonging to the fire element, Sagittarius is from November 21 to December 21.
Sagittarius represents the centaur Chiron in Greek Mythology. Even though he was immortal, a poisoned arrow shot by Hercules pained him. He gave his immortality to Prometheus however he was later immortalized in the stars by Zeus.
Jewellery consisting of Topaz is best suited to Sagittarius. Blue looks very good on Sagittarius and radiates their calm personalities as well so they should definitely consider wearing jewellery in that colour.
The tenth astrological sign belongs to the Earth element and lasts from December 21 to January 19.
The symbol of Capricorn is Sea-Goat and it represents Amalthea which was the goat who suckled Zeus after his mother sent him away to save him from his father.
A Capricorn’s style in Jewellery is very sophisticated and more towards neutral colours. The Capricorn necklace would suit them extremely well and is right up their alley.
Belonging to the air element, Aquarius lasts between January 19 to February 19.
The symbol is water bearer because according to its origins it represents Prometheus’s son Deucalion who built a ship with his wife to survive a flood and sailed for 9 days.
Turquoise is considered to bring luck to Aquarius hence jewellery made of this stone would prove to be beneficial.
The last astrological sign is a water element and starts from February 19 to March 20.
The Symbol of Pisces is fish and represents the fish that Aphrodite and Venus changed into in order to escape the monster Typhon.
Pisces tend to lean towards jewellery that is timeless. Aquamarine brings out their beauty, courage and honesty and also brings them luck.
Each Zodiac is unique in their own way, especially when it comes to jewellery. Each of them has their own style and respective stones that bring them luck and emerge their best characteristics.
However if there is one thing that unites them it is their rich, gripping and interesting origins.